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Supreme Court Of Texas Weighs In On The Noninsured Employer’s Duty To Warn

On June 12, the Supreme Court of Texas declared that an employee can’t recover against an employer for an injury on the job caused by a known premises defect. In a case that affects employees of businesses that have opted out of the state’s workers’ compensation system, the justices ruled that millions of workers at the 144,000 noninsured Texas businesses are no long able to seek compensation in such cases. The ruling is a huge loss for workers under the “premises liability” law. In the opinion, the high court stated that employees should be able to recover damages under a separate “negligence” law if the employer failed to provide proper equipment, training, or supervision that could have prevented the injury. Such negligence claims with potentially major damage awards have not been previously available to workers in Texas. Texas is the only state that does not require companies to be part…
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Cover 2 Sued By Family of Victims Killed By Drunk Driver

The Austin sports bar Cover 2 has been sued by the family of car crash victims killed by a drunk driver allegedly served at the restaurant. The lawsuit alleges the bar was negligent when it allowed the suspected drunk driver to consume alcohol until he was intoxicated and let him leave while drunk. The parents of the 10-year-old and 15-year-old who died in the April 22 crash are seeking damages in excess of $1 million, according to court documents. The mother was driving the children who were killed, and two of her sons were seriously injured, when the driver slammed into the back of their vehicle near 183 and Saratoga Springs Road, police said. “The damage that this bar has, in essence, inflicted on this family is immeasurable,” said the family’s attorney. “No amount of money would bring justice to this family.” Cover 2 filed an answer to the lawsuit…
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Top 5 Pit Bull Verdicts

Nearly 5 million people are bitten by dogs each year with 20 percent of those bites resulting in injuries that need medical attention, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. In 2013, 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of a dog bite, and 32 died from dog bites. Although many pit bulls are affectionate and never bite humans, the breed was responsible for 25 of those 32 fatalities. The National Trial Lawyers organization recently compiled a list of the top five largest pit bull bite verdicts: 5) Owner Held Liable for Dog Bite in Connecticut, Victim Awarded $15,815 A Connecticut state court awarded a 28-year-old female $15,815 after she was bit in the face by a pit bull. The woman sustained a cut on her right eye that required stitches. 4) $108,000 Settlement in Oregon Dog Bite Case An Oregon court awarded $108,000 for injuries a 43-year-old woman…
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